Alliance for Innovative Research and Teaching
Three universities of international repute with strong research activities and a medical school that is highly regarded all over the world form an institutional alliance that charts the path forward into Berlin’s future as a research hub. Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin already work together at the project level in a variety of ways today. They have deepened their ties even further over the past decade, so conditions are optimal for the further development and evolution of an impressive alliance strategy with an international draw. Each of the institutions contributes its own specific strengths to the alliance, which offers greater security than before in terms of competition in the global research sector.
The alliance has six main fields of action where it works: appointment strategy, support for junior researchers, research initiatives, resource and infrastructure use, knowledge transfer, and digitization. The goal of these activities is to combine strategic processes, support each other in bringing the best and brightest to Berlin as a research hub, and leverage optimization during joint development of resources to create ideal overall conditions for research – and thus also for teaching. As much internal competition as necessary, as much cooperation as possible – that is the motto of the alliance, linking the utmost in individual benefit to an overarching idea that cuts across all the institutions. Close institutional cooperation is intended to take the quality of the working relationship to a new level, thereby creating added value for all concerned.
The association among Berlin’s universities represents a successful city that acts as a hub of research and academic endeavor, a place whose diversity, cosmopolitan nature, and tolerance offer an ideal setting for dynamic research. By forming this alliance, the universities in Berlin are embarking on a new chapter in their history. All of them firmly believe that this is an optimum way to secure the future with an eye to free, innovative, and creative academic and research activities.